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Blues shut out Flames to extend winning streak

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 2:54 AM

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

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Blues shut out Flames to extend winning streak
St. Louis Blues 5, Calgary Flames 0
Three Stars of the Game
Jaroslav Halak
1st
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 21-21
PIM: 0PP: 10-10
SV%: 1.000SH: 2-2
Vladimir Tarasenko
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:44
Mark Giordano
3rd
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 27:19

CALGARY -- Thanks in part to goals from five different players and a 33-save shutout from Jaroslav Halak, the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 5-0 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday, running their winning streak to seven.

The Blues' last loss came on Dec. 23 at the hands of the Flames by way of a 4-3 shootout decision, and the two teams have gone in completely opposite directions since. St. Louis' seven straight victories is the longest active stretch in the NHL and the team's longest winning streak since putting together a nine-game run from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, 2002.

“It’s nice to string a couple together here,” Blues captain David Backes said. “It seems like you have to to stay paced with some of these other teams in the West.

“It’s a good feeling in here. We have different guys stepping up and different guys picking each other up when they falter. It’s a good recipe.”

The Flames, meanwhile, have won once and been shut out in five of seven games since the win against St. Louis. The Flames have scored five goals in that span and have been outscored 15-1 in their past five home games.

“It [stinks],” Flames center Matt Stajan said. “We can't score goals in this building, for whatever reason. We have to dig down. Enough is enough.

“We can't be satisfied just with good chances. We have to score. It's the NHL — you can't win in this league if you don't score.”

The Blues acted quickly Thursday night to make sure their winning ways and the Flames’ losing streak continued.

Eighteen seconds after Dennis Wideman's penalty for cross checking expired, Derek Roy spun and fired a no-look pass between Flames defenseman TJ Brodie's legs to Chris Stewart, who buried his 15th of the season behind goaltender Karri Ramo to put St. Louis up 1-0 at 9:32 of the first period.

Ramo used his blocker to deny Stewart's attempt 42 seconds later, but Vladimir Sobotka made it 2-0 at 11:37. Streaking down his off wing, Sobotka snapped a shot that beat the Flames goaltender to the far side.

The pair of goals prompted a timeout from Flames coach Bob Hartley, but despite a double minor to St. Louis' Maxim Lapierre shortly thereafter, Calgary managed just two shots on Halak over the four-minute man advantage en route to being outshot 12-6 in the period.

Halak was busier in the second, when the Flames directed six shots on net in the first five minutes -- not including Jiri Hudler's drive off the post -- and 15 shots overall. He didn’t waver in his return after an illness forced him to miss five games.

“It was necessary, otherwise it’s a 2-2 game,” Backes said. “We’ve been through that protocol here (in Calgary) before, and it didn’t end pretty for us. He was great in his return after being out for a little bit. Now we’ve got two goalies. It’s a tough decision for [Blues coach Ken Hitchcock], but two great options for him.”

Halak ensured Calgary couldn’t shake its slump despite plenty of scoring chances, and it was the Blues who struck again.

Spending an entire shift in the Calgary zone, Vladimir Tarasenko curled out of the corner with the puck and found Ian Cole inching in from the point. Cole corralled the pass before firing a shot that beat Ramo at 6:47 for his second of the season and a 3-0 lead.

“They had a few chances, hit the post, we scored,” Halak said. “It could’ve been a different game.”

Alex Pietrangelo wasted little time making it 4-0 on the power play early in the third, blasting a shot that hit Lance Bouma before skipping past Ramo and into the net at 1:16.

On the power play with Kevin Westgarth in the penalty box for roughing, Tarasenko, who had already extended his consecutive point streak to five games with his earlier assist, one-timed a pass from Jordan Leopold past Ramo 1:16 after Pietrangelo's goal; it was the second-year right wing’s 15th.

Hudler tried again to snap Halak's shutout bid, stickhandling around Blues defenseman Barret Jackman on a 1-on-1 before letting go a backhander from the slot that Halak gloved.

Halak saved his best for last. With Stewart in the penalty box for holding the stick, he gloved down Mike Cammalleri's redirect from near point-blank range before stoning Hudler again from the slot with less than four minutes remaining.

“I thought the best player in the game was our goalie,” Hitchcock said. “I thought Halak was outstanding. He really did a nice job for us. He shut the door. It’s good on him.”

scoring summary
1st Period
09:32
STL
Chris Stewart (15) ASST: Derek Roy (22), Brenden Morrow (10)
1 - 0 STL
11:37
STL
Vladimir Sobotka (7) ASST: Barret Jackman (9), Jaroslav Halak (1)
2 - 0 STL
2nd Period
06:47
STL
Ian Cole (2) ASST: Vladimir Tarasenko (13)
3 - 0 STL
3rd Period
01:16
STL
PPG - Patrik Berglund (8) ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (26), Kevin Shattenkirk (26)
4 - 0 STL
03:32
STL
PPG - Vladimir Tarasenko (15) ASST: Jordan Leopold (5), Vladimir Sobotka (17)
5 - 0 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:25
CGY
Lee Stempniak  Interference against  Alex Pietrangelo
07:14
CGY
Dennis Wideman  Cross checking against  Magnus Paajarvi
13:41
STL
Maxim Lapierre  Interference against  Brian McGrattan
13:41
STL
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Brian McGrattan
2nd Period
01:27
STL
Barret Jackman  Interference against  Mikael Backlund
08:48
STL
Brenden Morrow  Slashing against  Dennis Wideman
16:44
STL
T.J. Oshie  Tripping against  Lance Bouma
19:41
CGY
Matt Stajan  Holding against  Brenden Morrow
3rd Period
01:57
CGY
Kevin Westgarth  Roughing against  Ian Cole
05:52
CGY
Matt Stajan  Roughing against  Kevin Shattenkirk
05:52
STL
Kevin Shattenkirk  Roughing against  Matt Stajan
11:08
CGY
Dennis Wideman  Boarding against  Jaden Schwartz
15:22
STL
Chris Stewart  Holding the stick against  TJ Brodie
18:47
CGY
Brian McGrattan  Cross checking against  Magnus Paajarvi
goalie stats
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Karri Ramo
SA: 29TOI: 59:40
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .828SH: 1 - 1